Vocabulary

Types of Japanese Lacquer (Urushi)

Japanese lacquer varies in color, surface texture and quality.  Lacquer is clear or has pigments added.  Traditional pigment colors are black, red, yellow, green, off-white.  …

kusari no ma

鎖の間 Kusari no ma (lit: chain room) is a secondary room used for usucha in some daimyo schools of tea. The guest will leave the…

Kireji

The word used to describe the fabrics used. This is particularly important in Koicha as the guest will ask about the Shifuku and expect to…

Temaeza 点前座

The temaeza is the tatami mat or portion thereof where the host prepares the tea (performs temae).

Gomei

Gomei are poetic names given to some utensils. Gomei are usually given to an item by a distinguished Chajin. Oiemoto for instance makes a lot of gomei for Chashaku.…

Tsukubai

A stone in the Roji that has been carved so that it can hold water. This water is used for purification before entering the tea…

Ro

Ro is a sunken fire place that is used during the winter months (November through April). The images bellow show how the placement of the…

Koma

小間 A small tea room. Yojohan (4.5 mat) and smaller are considered koma. A more precise definition would be all rooms that do not have…

Choshi

This is covered by the kannabe page

Chashitsu

Tearoom / teahouse A tea room, 茶席 chaseki, is usually part of or a room in another structure. A tea house, 茶室 chashitsu, is an independently standing structure or…

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